This week’s shot proves that sometimes when you are out on a shoot, what you plan on shooting and what you end up coming home with are two different things!
My brother-in-law, Bill, has a hunting camp up near Santanoni Mountain in the Adirondacks. It’s a great spot to take photos of the Adirondack mountains that many people don’t have access to. So, in mid-September, I headed up to his camp with all of my equipment with the hopes that the night’s would be clear to get some great shots of the aurora activity that was predicted to hit upstate New York, and the Milky Way over the beaver pond next to his camp.
I got to camp around 7:00 PM and set my tripod up where it would be facing the North West direction of the expected aurora, put the 28mm lens on the camera, setup the intervalometer/remote, and sat next to the fire that Bill had started. We then waited for it to get dark.
As the night progressed, temperatures started to drop, and the air began to get thick with moisture. I would occasionally get up and wipe the camera and lens off so I was ready for the aurora, if and when it appeared. Bill and I talked about the beauty of the night sky there, since it was so clear and there were thousands of stars overhead. I noticed the Milky Way was setting up over a nearby mountain ridge and over the pond, so I decided to grab the camera and tripod to get some shots of that while we waited for the aurora. It was about 10:00 PM at this point, and it was so clear that you could see the Milky Way with the naked eye without any issue… it was beautiful.
Just as I was making several images, to my left I hear a loud “SPLASH!”. Apparently, the beaver did not like me being there while he worked at stopping up the storm drain leading to the Hudson River. But the noise forced me to look to my left, and it as then that I noticed that the moon was starting to rise into the sky. With the moisture in the air, and the silhouette of the fir trees, it was a shot I couldn’t pass up! I turned the tripod around, lowered it slightly to get enough of the foreground elements and the mist, and took several shots.
We never did see the aurora that night, but I came away with a couple of great shots that were definite keepers and worth the trip. Thanks for the invite, Bill!